Beef brisket and sour cream pot pie

Cubes of tender beef brisket are lightly tossed in butter with leeks, celery and carrots, then sour cream is added to bind everything together. The creamy beef and vegetables are spooned into ramekins, covered and sealed with pie crust, and baked until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden. The pot pie is served straight from the oven. When you cut through the crust, you hear and feel the crackle of the flaky pasty then out comes a burst of aromatic steam from the hot filling. Oh, it’s delicious! Beef brisket and sour cream pot pie

This is the fourth dish I’ve made with a single slab of beef brisket that I braised last Sunday. Because the beef is already cooked, it took only a few minutes to prepare the filling. In fact, it took longer to cool the filling, and I used that time to make the pie crust and allow it to rest in the fridge before rolling.


  • 1 and 1/2 c. of diced braised beef brisket
  • 3 leeks (white and light green portions only), finely sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 carrot, cut into half-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsps. of butter
  • 1/2 c. of sour cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • single pie crust (get the recipe for a double pie crust; note that you only need half of that)
  • more butter for greasing the ramekins


  1. Heat the 2 tbsps. of butter in a frying pan. Add the leeks, celery and carrot cubes. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables start to soften, about five minutes.
  2. Add the beef to the vegetables. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is heated through.
  3. Pour in the sour cream. Stir. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. When the mixture starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
  6. Transfer the filling to a shallow bowl and cool.
  7. Make the pie crust dough. Wrap in cling film and let rest in the fridge while the filling cools (see notes below).
  9. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  10. Butter the bottom and sides of two-single serve (one-cup capacity) ramekins.
  12. Divide the filling between the ramekins.
  14. Take the pie crust dough out of the fridge and roll to less than 1/4-inch thick.
  15. Cut out two circles with a diameter about an inch-and-a-half larger than the diameter of the rim of the ramekins.
  17. Cover the filling with pie crust, pressing the edges of the pie crust dough onto the sides of the ramekins.
  18. Using a fork, poke holes through the crust to create steam vents. Brush the crust with the beaten egg (see how).
  20. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  21. Beef brisket and sour cream pot pie
  22. Place the very hot ramekins on plates.
  23. Serve the pot pies at once.

Quick notes

Allowing the pie crust dough to rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge makes it easier to handle and roll.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s), excluding cooling time for the filling

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2


  1. Natz SM says

    This dish is great.

    I love how you could actually prepare the beef and the crusts way in advance and assemble and bake them a few hours before a special occasions like Christmas and New Year. It is one dish that looks, and tastes like you slaved all day to make.

    By the way, I think even with out the crust, the beef filling with the sour cream would really be delicious with rice, pita, soft tortillas or even on pasta!

    • Connie says

      That’s what Speedy said — the filling would be good with flatbread. He’s partial to paratha. :)

  2. V says

    thanks for sharing this recipe, I cooked this last night and my family loved it! I didnt have any left over braised beef so I decided to make beef pares instead. Drained the sauce and prepared it they way you did. It was a good thing because I only had celery, carrots, and sour cream in my fridge.